Using Technology to Create Classroom Projects

Alan Reece gave a presentation at the NCCA conference about using technology in the classroom.  The ideas he provided used technology that was free for all.  I do not have his contact information but his colleague Peggy Reece’s email is:Pegsfriendship@yahoo.com and I am sure she can point you in the right direction.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share 2 of my favorite ideas that he had with you.  Use iPiccy to make coloring pages!

1) Using iPiccy create a Coloring Page from a photograph you have taken!  Maybe of your classroom decorated or your class pet?  Or let the child color his or her own face or a picture of their family…the possibilities are endless.  It’s so easy.  The key to this is 1) upload picture, 2) click on magic wand icon in top menu bar and 3) scroll down to 'pencil sketch' on the left.. Then use the bars in the left hand side to adjust how you want it to look.

2)  The second one is “Career Colorings.”  Does Johnny want to be a Fireman or Jillian want to be an astronaut?  Why not let them see what they would look like in those uniforms, try faceinhole.com.  Create your account, search for and choose your career, upload photo, adjust and right click to "save as" when you are done.
**Please note, this website is not child friendly.  This is something for the teachers to set up without the children around.
 

Combine this picture with the ipiccy project and your students can color themselves in their career uniforms!
 

*Edited with new photo application link on 12/1/2014 (replacing picnik with ipiccy.)

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